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A Potpourri of Stuff, and a Pep Talk

Let’s start out with a bit of workout blogging:















I am currently in my South Carolina office. Behind my desk sits a “bobblehead me”. Seriously, I am disturbed by “my”eyebrows and silly grin. But mostly… that my bobblehead has so much more hair than I do. I’m not even mentioning the short tie fashion statement!



















For today’s blog, let me just mention a book that I just finished. Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven.


51D8tEOmerLAs described by the Wall Street Journal, “Should be read by every leader in America…a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can.”












It’s a good book about the fundamentals of life (which start with making your bed),  tackling difficult situations, and finishing. A quick positive read. Just thought I would pass that on to you if you are looking for a challenging book to read.

Finally, here’s our pic o’ day pep talk:


It’s the Point of View

A college professor stood in front of his class and wrote the following words on the chalkboard: A woman without her man is nothing.  He then asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

The males in the class wrote the following: A woman, without her man, is nothing.

All the women in the class wrote A woman: without her, man is nothing.


Here’s another point of view. The airlines have apparently decided that we are only interested in pricing and treat us accordingly. We will put up with cramped travel without benefits if the pricing is right. Doesn’t feel like a very good way of looking at travel.

Which brings me to the finale. Insurance companies and their point of view. We as the insured believe that if we pay our premiums, that we will be covered for loss. If you really think about it, the insurance companies have a different point of view. Premiums collected earn more money. Claims paid mean less money. Hmmm.

Recently I saw the movie Rainmaker again on TV. That’s one of those movies like Shawshank  Redemption that always seems to be on. In Rainmaker, based on John Grisham’s book, he wrote about a lawyer named Rudy Baylor who was trying to hold an insurance company accountable for not providing care to a dying man.

Grisham captured it just as the movie did. In the movie, they introduced an internal memo to deny all claims. Sometimes Hollywood does bring reality to life! That point of view.

And for “pic o’ day”:


The Efficiency of Ben Franklin

In my practice, I do try to develop systems that make me more organized. Lists for tomorrow and my “To Do” list are regularly on my desk.  I even try to use electronic reminders from my computer and cell phone. Sometimes I accomplish the list and other times I just shake my head at the end of the day. That’s why I felt a bit encouraged when I read of Ben Franklin’s difficulties.

In his autobiography, Ben Franklin noted that he had developed a strategy to achieve moral perfection in a 13-week-plan. Each week was devoted to a specific virtue that he would track on his calendar.

He felt that his plan worked to a point, except that he felt like his organizational skills were lacking. His method of order was to “Let all your things have their places; Let each part of your business have its time”.

Franklin admitted that he had a great deal of difficulty keeping his papers and possessions organized. He tried to follow the following schedule, as recorded in his little book of virtues. This is his ideal routine that he attempted to follow.

franklin schedule

DID YOU KNOW that in 1968, the Big Mac was invented? Jim Delligatti was a McDonald’s franchise owner in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He got permission to market his new sandwich creation that he called the Big Mac Super Sandwich. It sold so well at his restaurant that it was sold nationwide the following year, in all McDonald’s.

And for pic o’ day,

hidden deer


Something seems to draw me to lists. Tuesday’s blog was a list on productivity. So, when I saw a recent Yahoo Finance article by writer Maryalene LaPonsie titled  10 simple strategies to simplify your life, I knew it was also destined for the blog. I don’t necessarily believe that I will incorporate all 10 in my life; I still thought that the following would be thought-provoking:

1. Consolidate your accounts.   

2. Purge the paperwork.

3. Pay cash whenever possible.

4. Automate your life.

5. Stop buying more stuff.

6. Declutter what you have.

7. Cut loose toxic and high-needs people.

8. Reconsider your commitments.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I need to do this?
  • Do I want to do this?
  • Can I delegate this to someone else?
  • What happens if this doesn’t get done?

9. Unplug at least once a week.

10. Create routines.

If you click through to the attached article, it provides good content with these thoughts. One final note on this relates to a book that I am currently reading titled Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. It provides an interesting insight on the good and bad habits of some artists who organized their lives with some unusual rituals each day.

DID YOU KNOW that the reason that women began to wear engagement and wedding rings on their third finger of their left hand is because of the ancient belief that there was a delicate nerve that runs from that finger directly to the heart?

Pic o’ day silliness:

the llamas

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